Norwich City, the Premier League’s bottom club, named former Aston Villa manager, Dean Smith as their new head coach on Monday, tasked with saving them from relegation.
Smith, 50, who was fired by Aston Villa on November 7 after five straight defeats, joins Carrow Road on a two-and-a-half-year deal, according to the club.
He replaces Daniel Farke, who was fired on November 6 with Norwich struggling in the bottom of the Premier League’s bottom.
“It has been a whirlwind seven days, but I’m really pleased to be back and working for Norwich City in the Premier League,” said Smith, who will be assisted in the dug-out by assistant head coach Craig Shakespeare.
“Clearly, there has been some wonderful work that has gone into this football club over last four and a half years. It is now the job of myself and Craig to continue and improve on that work with the ultimate aim of surviving in the Premier League.
“Norwich City is a big club, with a massive hardcore of supporters who are fully understanding in what it means to be part of the club and its community.”
Norwich’s next Premier League match is on November 20 at home against Southampton, and Smith is looking forward to it.
“From the age of 16, I’ve been working in football. I think in that time I’ve had four months out and didn’t enjoy it,” he said.
“It’s great to get straight back in with a club that are determined to be progressive.”